Identifying a Fur-Clad Family Member

Identifying a Fur-Clad Family Member

Two weeks ago I deciphered the clues in a mystery wedding. Sandy Eichelberger submitted it. She thought it depicted members of her mother’s family. It’s a three-part challenge. This week, it’s a photo that is a relief from the sweltering summer heat. It’s a woman in a winter coat standing...Read more
Family Tree Photo Mystery Challenge Accepted! Help Us Identify These Old Pictures

Family Tree Photo Mystery Challenge Accepted! Help Us Identify These Old Pictures

Family Tree Magazine’s friend and contributor Sunny Morton sent us several photos she found at an antiques store in Northeastern Ohio, along with a challenge: “There’s enough to possibly identify the family: Names, a place, and even a cousin relationship clue. Can you do it?” And we said: via GIPHY...Read more
Too Few Photo Clues: What to Do

Too Few Photo Clues: What to Do

This image comes from my mailbag.  If you don’t have a scanner you can still submit images for analysis. Follow the instructions here. Barbara Rivers sent me a black and white print of her mystery photo.  Barbara’s aunt found this picture in her belongings.  There were no names on the...Read more
Women at Work

Women at Work

Jeanine Black saw the post How to Learn About Working Women in Old Photos and sent me two images of women in her family. It’s a fitting end to Women’s History Month! In circa 1909, her 15 year old paternal grandmother, Louse (first on the left) worked in a Brockton...Read more
A Year of Passionate Photo Detecting: What Did You Miss?

A Year of Passionate Photo Detecting: What Did You Miss?

On this Photo Detective blog, 2016 was a year of early color (and colorized) photos, photo-ID tips and crowd-sourcing.  If you missed the most-popular posts, don’t worry. The links in this 2016 wrap-up will take you them. Photo Identification Tips Newspapers We started the year off right with a big...Read more
Old-Photo Problem Solving: A Man Named "Christmas"

Old-Photo Problem Solving: A Man Named "Christmas"

Genealogists groan when they find a Smith, Brown or Taylor (don’t I know it!) on their family trees. Common-name woes abound, but what about a name that triggers too many search results for a different reason: It’s also a holiday. Take the surname Christmas, for instance. In searching for holiday-themed...Read more